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Inserting Glass Pane in Wooden Door

I have a hallway door that is 1 3/4" thick. I'd like to be able to see through the door, what is the best way to go about this? I see glass panes are available for purchase Here but all that ...
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Filling a screw hole that turned crooked and broke the surface of a hollow core door

I installed the hardware for this pocket door about 1/8" too close to the front edge of the door. The screw holes are not only in the wrong place now, but they turned diagonal and broke out the ...
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When installing wood siding, do I need to leave a gap to accommodate expansion?

I'm preparing to put up rhombus shaped wood siding on a shed. It's 148mm x 20mm. I'm concerned about expansion across the grain as the siding gets humid, wet, etc. What is the proper way to install ...
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Fill gap on wood shelves?

How can I fill this gap in my diy shelves? I’ll be using wood screws to secure the shelf. The gap’s less than 1/4”. I was thinking of using pieces of wine cork to even the weight.
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Care and maintenance of wood fence that is rotting because of damp leaves on the other side

I have a wooden fence around my garden. I share parts of the fence with my neighbour, who has a shed close to the fence on his side. Between the fence and the shed on my neighbour's side, leaves ...
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Care and maintenance of deck in the garden

I recently bought a house. There is a deck in the garden. It is about two or three years old. It does not seem to be in a great condition, but I have no experience with decks and find it hard to tell ...
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What can I use to create a “chair rail effect” for my outdoor privacy fence to separate the two different materials?

This is a question on improving the aesthetic of my outdoor space. I did an extension panel on my cinderblock fence to help improve privacy and I'm very happy with the look. I used shade fabric that ...
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How can I correct the rusting as seen here on deck railing?

I have a couple of questions. I have gotten tradepersons to install new deck railing back in Dec 2018. So it is about 2.5 years old. However I can already see some rust sipping out to the surface. One ...
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Do cracks in softwood boards indicate structural problems?

I received my terrace decking boards today. Almost all of them have fairly deep cracks on the ends and some have cracks on the face. Should these be considered as critical damages or I should still be ...
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Insulating wooden beams / frame from concrete footings

I am building a wooden terrace based on frame made of pressure treated lumber (ground contact grade) placed on concrete blocks ("on-grade" footings). Something like this: What I know is ...
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Is this vertical crack/split in stud significant?

Stud is in the exterior wall of my garage. I am looking to hang something fairly heavy (30-40lbs) using lag bolts on this stud. I am curious if the vertical cracks would be an issue or if they are ...
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What type of wall is this?

I'm installing blinds that will mount in the ceiling (inside) of the window pane. I initially used wood screws but then thought I'd use drywall screws for greater strength. I tried drilling a hole to ...
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rotten wood between concrete slabs of floor

When prepping the floor to tile, I came across what appears to be old wood siding between 2 solid concrete slabs in a doorway.It is about a half inch wide a d runs the width of the opening. A ...
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What type and size of wood should I use to make a form for concrete?

I am a complete beginner and need to lay a concrete slab for my new cabin (about 18 ft by 16 ft in size). I'm planning to lay a slab 6in thick. I'm wondering if there's any particular type of wood I ...
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Is my wood cabinet exposing asbestos?

My house was built in 1965. We are renters and The side of my wood kitchen cabinet had the top level veneer pulled off. Exposing what’s underneath and possible asbestos glue. We brush past this area ...
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Safe to mount curtain rod to support beam?

I'm hoping to mount two curtain rods to span a distance of about 14' so I can partition a portion of my finished basement and make it easier to heat. There is a single wooden support beam running the ...
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How to drill into wood glue

I tried drilling wood glue because I want to fix the screw there but I couldn't do it. The drill was not drilling a hole in glue and the screw did not fix there. I just want to make a proper hole in ...
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Facade coming off wooden doors

Facade is peeling off wooden wardrobe doors. Seems to happen more at certain times. Weather related? In any case how to fix? Wood glue?
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How can I reduce the thickness of a board except in one narrow area?

Due to some trim work, I need to shave off several 1 in x 3 in x8 feet boards. I need to shave off the 1 in thickness by 3/8 inches EXCEPT for a rectangular of 1 in x 7 feet, with one side shared with ...
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What is this insect that seems to hatch from OSB?

These insects are everywhere in the house and they seem to hatch inside. New construction, frame structure with Oriented Stand Boards. Country side located, lowland fields, temperate climate (Romania)....
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Is this real wood or veneer, on this table top?

I can't tell. Each plank looks like a near-mirror image of the previous one, which suggest veneer. But if I look under the table top, the planks seem to appear similar (just unfinished). Which is ...
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Why has my wood panelling in my shed expanded and popped out? How can I fix it?

Last summer we bought a shed and panelled inside with tongue and groove panelling. We put up damp proof and insulation first and then the panels on top. We used panel pins on every third board. Over ...
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Replace rotten bottom plate

I have attached garage with room above it. It has three exterior facing wall. The wall sits on 3-4 ft concrete. I am seeing some water coming through one of the wall. On the other side of the wall ...
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Used the wrong color wood stain on a Cypress post

I am looking for advice on a home DIY mistake. We have 4 cypress posts in the front of our house, and 2 cypress posts in the back. They are new and had never been finished. I stained the back two ...
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What paint to use on particle board for a shoe rack?

I am repurposing a piece of particle board from a kitchen island to add another level to our shoe rack. I wanted to know what paint would be best to use. I don’t want the board to swell. Would ...
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Is it feasible to still have wooden elements with possible termite threat

I'm planning on getting a house built and I would like to incorporate a good amount of wooden elements similar to japanese house designs but I'm worried of possible termite infestation. Is it feasible ...
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How to treat joist that has wet rot before sistering a new joist to it

I'm currently in the beginning stage of a bathroom remodel. All the flooring and subfloor has been removed, and I'm at the point where I am getting ready to replace some joists and sister one. The ...
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How can I save my gunite pool that is in danger of cracking with freeze guard disabled by power outage?

We're in Texas and have 5 degree temps this week with rolling blackouts. Our swimming pool is full year round to keep it from being burped out of the ground. We have a freeze guard installed but with ...
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Resurface (or cover) damaged wood door?

I have an odd-sized wooden back door. The outer layers of wood on the lower half of the door are suffering water damage, but the core and inside of the door are fine. Is there a good way either to ...
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How can i fix my wobbly table?

I have finally entered the world of DIY and built a desk based on the design of a coffee table we bought. Unfortunately it wobbles from front to back as you are sitting at it to the extent I can't ...
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Hanging Punchbag in Cabin - Structural

I have a cabin at the bottom of my garden (photos attached) and am thinking about hanging a punchbag from the roof beams. I absolutely do not want the structural integrity of my cabin compromised but ...
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Filling gap beneath hardwood floor (between floorboard and foundation)

There's a sizeable gap between the edge of hardwood flooring and the foundation by this fireplace: You can see that the wooden base the strip of floor was nailed too ends about inch early: As a ...
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Finishing technique for gaps between the wall and the live wood we installed that shrunk

We installed a large slab of wood and it has shrunk away from the wall.
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Where do I install my hairpin legs on this 8 foot long butcher block for my new workstation desk?

So this is my first DYI wood project for my new workstation desk. I purchased this Baltic birch butcher block and finished it myself. Not bad for my first go! It's 8 feet wide, 25" deep and 1.75 (...
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Need help identifying materials needed to replace rotted and damaged wood

Need the names of materials or any suggestions as to what I should do.
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Urethane or not rough pine walls

Converting a garage into a living space using sawn pine walls for battan board look. Want to leave the natural look but not sure what will happen to the wood. Do I have to use a water based urethane ...
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Wood rot fix for siding and framing base?

Wood rot fix for siding and frame base? Some water is seeping into my garage when it rains. Called a concrete guy because I thought patio was too sloped, but he said sloping was by design and he ...
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What wood is our floor made from and will it be good as polished boards?

Can anyone tell what wood this is. It is a photo underneath the house (Southern Australia region). Will that come up well as a wooden floor?
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Edge-to-endgrain butt joint

I need to make this out of 2x4 lumber. It's not load-bearing but needs to be somewhat stiff against skew (L-to-R in the image above). The part I'm not sure about is the end-grain to edge butt joints ...
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How can I cut 4x4 posts that are already mounted?

I'm in the process of installing a handrail here and the former owner put these pressure-treated 4x4 posts without cutting them first. They're in the ground already and need to be cut at the correct ...
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Care for solid oak desk [closed]

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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Best way to repair cracked attic post?

There's a post (layman's term) in the middle of my attic that is cracking and bent. It wasn't like that the last time I checked maybe 2 months ago. This is in a 30 year-old house. Now that I think of ...
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How to seal an OSB shed floor against pest, weather, and temperature?

This question follows from my previous question about leveling my OSB shed floor. I didn't realize until I received several comments and suggestions that said question actually has two focuses: How ...
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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What is this English wardrobe cabinet fitting?

I'd like to find out what these fittings were used for to decide whether to remove them. They are installed horizontally and vertically. My first guess was that they were swing out basket hinges, but ...
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How to repair a bulged exterior door threshold?

A newly installed door has become very sticky at the bottom. Inspection shows the bottom portion of frame is bulging up. My guess is that the wood used to prop up the door threshold has swollen due to ...
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Wood treatment for sauna exterior, safe if inhaled in small quantities?

Are there any special considerations in treating the outside of a wooden sauna? My concern is that a small, but nonzero amount of any treatment used will seep inside the sauna, as some water seeps ...
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How to seal oiled wooden bathroom floor?

I am buying a house which has a pine floor in the bathroom, treated with Osmo oil. Having the boards themselves well-oiled will make them waterproof, but there will also be cracks and gaps which ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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Separate laminate from chipboard

I am trying to separate the thin layer of laminate that is glued to the chipboard. I have so far managed to cut the piece across the width, and after soaking it in water for several days the chipboard ...

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